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Peter Dada, Akure

The owner of Premier League club, Sunshine Stars,  Ondo State Government, on Tuesday  fired the coach of  the team Duke Udi.

Henry Abiodun,  technical director of the  Akure  side, was asked  by the state government to replace the former Super Eagles midfielder, who saved the team from relegation after he joined them from Osun United last season.

In a statement  by the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development in the state, Mr. Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, the state government said  Udi was sacked over alleged “ misconduct and insubordinationt”.

The statement read in part, “ Following a letter received from the management board of the  Ondo State Football Agency on misconduct and insubordination of the head coach of the Sunshine Stars, Duki Udi, the  management board and the Ministry of Youth and Sports at a joint meeting today  (Tuesday) agreed that the coach  should step aside with effect from today  and the technical director of the team coach Henry  Abiodun should lead the team.”

However,  Udi told our correspondent  on the telephone that he was not aware of his sacking,  insisting he is  still with the team.

The former Spain-based player said, “If it is so, that is no problem. I have a one-year contract with the team and if anybody is asking me to leave, they must respect my contract and pay me my money.

“Leaving is not a problem. I just left training and nobody told  me anything like that but if stepping aside is the next thing, they have to pay me because I have a one-year contract  still running.”

Sunshine  are 17th  in  the Premier League table,   with 13 points from 12 matches. They face  Yobe Desert Stars on Sunday in Akure.

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